The Annotated Carmilla
Laura grew up alone, until the mysterious Carmilla arrived--beautiful, sad and hungry. The vampire classic that predates "Dracula" by a quarter century, but full of over 400 footnotes to explain every detail. Plus several essays on the author, the history of the novella, and a critique of every adaptation! More
J. Sheridan LeFanu's last work, "Carmilla," remains one of the seminal works of vampire fiction. Published in 1972, it almost certainly influenced Bram Stoker in writing "Dracula" and has been filmed ten times (most recently a very successful web series). This edition, complete and unabridged, contains essays on LeFanu and on the novella itself as well as a critique of all known adaptations. More, it includes over 400 footnotes explaining all kinds of trivia (Where is Styria? When exactly does the story take place?), anachronisms (What are traces on a horse drawn carriage? What is an escutcheon?) and telling details many reader may miss (Hints the narrator is unreliable, and an examination of time that hints at extra motivation by the title character for example). All accompanied by beautiful black and white artwork!
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